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Explore the Good, the Bad and the Ugly About Your Body with Grossology at Omniplex

Sometimes it’s stinky; sometimes it’s crusty; and sometimes it’s slimy. Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk at Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body during its appearance at Omniplex. Based on the best-selling book Grossology, this exhibition uses sophisticated animatronics and imaginative exhibits to give visitors disgusting explanations about runny noses, body odor and much more. Grossology will be on display at Omniplex, through September 6.

This 5,000 square-foot exhibit invites visitors to investigate and laugh at all the sights, sounds and smells our body makes in this hands-on, science-based exhibition. The exhibit seeks to harness kids’ natural curiosity about themselves and their bodies by teaching them something about how the fascinating human organism functions. Audiences are invited to meet the Grossology cast: Her Grossness, Nigel Nose-It-All and Burp man among others as they tour the body in an environment that promotes learning while having fun.

Take a “Tour du Nose” to explore 10 nasal features, including how your nose acts as an air filter, a smell sensor and a mucus producer. Play the pinball game "Gas Attack" and score off bumpers dressed up as food items that cause gas. Mimic the build-up of acid indigestion by causing the “Burp Machine” to release a giant belch. Explore the role of the kidney in a virtual reality experience in “Urine: The Game.” Take a ride on the GI slide, climb a large-scale replica of human skin and discover other mysterious ways your body’s biology does what it needs to do to keep you healthy.

Entry to Grossology is free with paid admission to Omniplex. Museum admission is $7.50 for adults and $6 for seniors and children, plus tax. Children under three and museum members are admitted free. Admission includes access to all Omniplex exhibits and planetarium.

Omniplex, a Smithsonian affiliate, is located in the heart of Oklahoma’s Adventure District at 2100 NE 52nd Street in Oklahoma City. Hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (405) 602-OMNI or visit the Omniplex Web site at www.omniplex.org.

GROSSOLOGY FUN

Did You “Nose” And Other En “Gross”ing Facts

  • You swallow about a quart of snot every day.
  • Your nostrils take turns inhaling. You breathe through one nostril for three to four hours and then switch to the other one.
  • Hydrochloric acid in your stomach is so strong, it can eat up stainless steel razor blades
  • A hiccup is not a burp. Hiccups are caused by spasms of your diaphragm, which forces air from your lungs up to your windpipe. The air in a hiccup has nothing to do with your stomach.
  • You make about one liter of saliva each day
  • Carrying your skin around can be a lot of work. The average adult’s skin weighs about seven pounds!
  • Your bladder can hold about two cups (500 ml) of urine comfortably.
  • During a lifetime, the average person eats nearly 66,000 pounds of food. That’s as much as six elephants!
  • Fresh urine is cleaner than poop, spit or the skin on your face because healthy pee is not home to bacteria.
  • The scientific name for nose picking is “rhinotillexomania”.
  • Many cultures still use urine to tan leather.
  • In some Eskimo tribes, it is customary for mothers to suck the snot from their baby’s nose and spit it on the ground.
  • About ten billion tiny scales of skin rub off your body every day. In a lifetime, you could fill eight five-pound flour bags with dead skin.
  • Over three-fourths of household dust is made of dead skin cells.
  • Right now there are about a million little bugs called dust mites feasting on the skin scales that you dropped into your mattress last night.




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